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Two scientists and educators will offer differing viewpoints on Jackson County's proposed ban on genetically modified plants in a program at 2 p.m. today in the county parks auditorium, 7520 Table Rock Road, White City.

Ray Seidler, a former Oregon State University professor and senior research scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is a supporter of the county measure, 15-119, which would ban GMO plants in the county. It will appear on the May 20 ballot.

Steven H. Strauss, an OSU professor of forest biotechnology with a joint appointment in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, will address some of the advancements of GMO technology in a talk tiled "GMO Crops: Taking the Long View."

The program is sponsored by the Jackson County Americans for Prosperity Foundation.

Youth groups will participate Saturday, April 26, in a "Cardboard City" fundraising to raise awareness of worldwide poverty and substandard living conditions and to raise funds for a house project sponsored by Rogue Valley Habitat's Youth United Committee.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Habitat's Administrative Offices, 2201 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, adjacent to the Habitat ReStore. Youths will spend 21/2 hours making houses from cardboard.

Attendees will vote on the winning entry at 3 p.m. Voting tickets will be sold for $1, with ticket purchasers eligible for a raft trip and other prizes.

The Grange Co-op will give away 300 Oregon ash tree seedlings from 2 to 7 p.m. today in honor of Arbor Day.

The trees will be given out at each of its stores in Ashland, Medford, Central Point, Grants Pass and Klamath Falls while supplies last. Those wanting to claim a tree can visit the Arbor Day display set up in each store.

The seedlings can grow up to 80 feet in height with a width of up to 40 feet. They can live to be 250 years old.